VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.44: The best game where you'd swap places with the main character
Surviving most video games would be hell, but some of them let you just chill out on a beach.
PIG AND LET DIE
Somehow, the ultra-violent Winnie-the-Pooh horror movie is clearly inspired by Resident Evil 4 – here’s proof
As games come back around to influence film, it's no surprise that Resi has influenced a horror film – but that doesn't make it any less weird.
Playable Amy is great, but Sonic Origins Plus is pointless if it doesn’t address the original’s problems
Sonic Origins Plus is making a splash with playable Amy Rose. But Amy and her hammer won’t be worth squat if the rest of the game isn’t fixed.
SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM
Nightdive Studios' output and future projects will not be affected by Atari acquisition
In the first interview since the news last night, Nightdive's director of Business breaks down the Atari deal.
WELCOME TO HELL
Playing Diablo 4 this weekend? Expect "unprecedented traffic and queues"
Can't say I'm all that surprised.
Resident Evil 4 Remake's Mercenaries mode will release in April
You'll need to complete the main game first.
Stalker, Far Cry 2, and, well, Arkane: Redfall proudly wears its most obvious influences on its bloody sleeve
The trailers don’t do it justice: Redfall looks great, feels great, and promises something great – if Arkane can overcome an age-old problem.
Finally, you can lather up in Mario and Luigi's cream
LUSH knows what most Mario fans really want.
Resident Evil 4 Remake preload and release time explained
Gearing up for the remake of the year?
THE RAYS BETWEEN
Elden Ring's long promised ray tracing support finally arrives, but there's some bad news
Elden Ring has finally delivered on the promise of adding ray tracing to The Lands Between, with some caveats.
UP AND COMER
Betrayal at Club Low wins grand prize at Independent Games Festival award show
Running alongside GDC 2023, numerous indies won big this year.
LET'S HAVE IT, LADS
Counter-Strike 2 has finally been revealed, with a limited test available today
It's real and it's happening.
Elden Ring wins Game of the Year at the Game Developers Choice Awards
It beat out God of War Ragnarok, Immortality, Pentiment and some other heavy hitters for the grand prize.
WITCHES VS THE CHUCH
Witchfire gameplay demonstration shows off the power of spellcraft
Fair is foul and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.
SIGHTS SOUNDS SPEED
Sonic Frontiers free update adds Photo Mode, newly added features, and more
Prepare for a couple of new timed modes.
Dark and Darker pulled from Steam due to cease and desist from Nexon
Legal issues are plaguing Ironmace after accusations of asset theft.
We played the cheapest games you can buy on Nintendo Switch, but are they any good?
Sorting the trash from the treasure with the cheapest Nintendo Switch bargains, so you don't have to.
NICE STEAM LAUNCH
Resident Evil 4 Remake sets concurrent franchise record on Steam
It's doing rather well.
Here's what you can do about Resident Evil 4's flickering on PS5 while Capcom works on a fix
There's a particularly annoying issue in Resident Evil 4's PS5 version, but you may be able to fix it.
A GO THEN? MAYBE.
Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition edges closer as CMA states deal "will not result in a substantial lessening of competition"
The CMA is still concerned about cloud competition, though.
Lords of the Fallen's technical showcase is pretty impressive
Color us intrigued.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will sneak onto PC and consoles in May
Prepare to grovel and slink around dark places this spring.
Sonic Origins Plus is real, and it's releasing in June
More Blue for your buck.
Ubisoft says its Ghostwriter AI program will not replace game writers
It was created to ease the workload, apparently.
Here's where to buy the Resident Evil 4 remake
The best places to buy Resident Evil 4’s remake on each platform.
PS5 stock: latest updates on where to buy the PlayStation 5
Here's all the retailers that currently have Sony's next-gen console in stock.
Save ?10 on a PS5 when you use the code MARCH10 at CCL, making it ?469.99
The code ends in 48 hours and can also be used to take ?10 off other orders over ?400.
IT MIGHT HAPPEN
Redfall studio looking into reversing always online requirement for single-player
The requirement wasn't added for insidious purposes.
John Romero recieves lifetime achievement award
For his work on DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein and far more, the Galway resident gets a well-earned reward.
Destiny 2 hotfix for March 23 finally addresses one of Lightfall's biggest problems
Destiny 2 Thresher cannons getting you down in the Master Nightfall? Not for much longer, they're not.
Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores pre-order bonuses are an outfit and bow
Look cool while running around the place killing baddies.
CHECK IT OUT
Have a look at the Dead Island 2 opening cinematic
As if LA weren't hell enough, it's now full of gore and zombies.
The first major update for Thrustmaster’s eSwap controller is here – and it’s as genius as it is weird
Thrustmaster’s modular controller takes a big leap into new areas with its first genre-specific add-on. It’s weird, but… it kinda works, too.
Crash Team Rumble closed beta scheduled for April
Pre-order to gain access.
LORE AND ORDER
What makes Redfall different to other Arkane games? It’s all comes down to trust
Conversations with friends? No, this isn’t a Sally Rooney novel, but an intriguing mechanic in Arkane’s latest sci-fi romp.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 set for a September release, according to Venom actor
Well, it does line up with the fall release window.
LET'S GO, FELLAS
Counter Strike 2 fans are using trigonometry to work out a release date
CS players will never fail to surprise me.
NO SPAIN, NO GAIN
Resident Evil 4 Remake review: A bolder, Leon-hearted version of a classic, refined in every way
“This time, it can be different.” And that’s okay. In fact, it's more than OK.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty review – How to make friends and annihilate people
As great as Team Ninja’s tidal, back-and-forth take on the Souls-like formula is, some small regressions keep it from landing a killer blow.
PIECES OF EIGHT
Octopath Traveler 2 plays it safe, but it’s subtly better than its predecessor in every way that matters
By taking what worked for the previous game and gently iterating on it, Octopath Traveler 2 offers up a delightful JRPG throwback - with many similar shortcomings to its predecessor.
UPDATE: EA to pull Battlefield 1943, Bad Company 1 & 2 - and not Mirror's Edge - from digital storefronts in April
Get 'em while they're still available.
Resident Evil 4 Remake's anime spin-off gets a second episode
A promotional masterpiece.
OH GREAT, XENOMORPHS
Aliens: Dark Descent will see you fighting Xenomorphs in June
The squad-based, single-player action game is set in the iconic Alien franchise.
NO MORE SERVER HELL
Diablo 4's connection woes during the beta won't be an issue upon release, says Blizzard
Things will be much smoother, Blizzard promises.
Unity games are going to look way better, wetter, and wilder in 2023
Revealed during a talk at GDC today, the video game engine will be getting some serious graphical updates.
The Witcher game Project Sirius appears to be undergoing a revamp
CDPR says it is "formulating a new framework" for the project.
TANKS FOR NOTHING
Resident Evil 4's tank controls were not, and are not, a problem
You got a problem with tank controls in the original Resident Evil 4? Or are you just secretly miffed at the camera?
LONG TIME COMIN’
One of 2023's best games is already being forgotten – even though it’s on Game Pass
There’s a good side and a bad side to having some of the best games come to Game Pass on Day One…
Lego 2K Drive: I’m in for a new Lego Racing game no questions asked – but what we really need is Lego Island
Could this rumoured new game be the start of Lego returning to its more experimental era? If so, then I have an idea...
BASEBALL AND GUITARS
MLB the Show 23 and Infinite Guitars coming soon to Game Pass
Three additional games close out the month
Starfield’s latest tease shows that Bethesda is embracing its fantasy roots
On the one hand, their space bound epic depicts a realistic sci-fi future. On the other, it’s got a big swirly thing in it.
Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League shows how shareholder culture is killing AAA
By wasting Rocksteady’s pedigree and talent on live service guff, the quest to fatten dividends may have robbed us of a good Arkham follow-up.
Your next Indie obsession drops in a few weeks, and it ain't on Game Pass
Visit a beautiful island archipelago where everyone is terrified of what happens next (not Britain)
APEX OF RESPAWN
Respawn to keep Apex Legends running for another “10 to 15 years” as it opens third studio
"We are always working to bring in more talent, more experience, more ideas, more capabilities…"
LOOK AT THE FUTURE
"It's at full speed everywhere" - AI specialists tell all during King GDC roundtable
During a packed-talk at GDC, some of the biggest (organic) names in AI speak their mind.
SNAP, CRACKLE, POP.
Marvel Snap praised for restoring growth in the Collectable card games genre
Dubbed a "runaway hit" at GDC, the game is estimated to be making roughly $300,000 a day.
Oblivion: Somehow, 17 years have passed since The Elder Scrolls went mainstream and changed gaming forever
From Fallout to The Witcher, Oblivion paved the way for console-friendly RPGs to become the dominant force they are today.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor finally shows off some fan favourite characters with its story trailer
Cal is in for a tough time.
This Is Hell
Diablo 4 players think the dungeons feel too repetitive
The first beta took part over the weekend.
Elden Ring players died so many times, it’d have wiped out all of humanity in the real world
And they tried to fight Malenia a whole bunch too.
Sonic Frontiers first free DLC adds in a photo mode and more this week
Plus a juke box mode and new challenges.
STEAM TAKES NOTES
Valve is reportedly working on a ‘game notes’ system for Steam
There’s possibly a new notifications page on the way, too.
Check out Resident Evil 4 Remake’s short but sweet anime trailer
It's an awfully cute take on Resident Evil 4.
4 Evil Residents
Resident Evil 4 Walkthrough: Puzzle solutions, item locations and side quests
Help Leon S. Kennedy survive his toughest mission yet in Resident Evil 4 Remake!
Resident Evil 4 Remake Blue Notice Requests | All side quests and where to find them
A wise choice, mate!
Resident Evil 4 Blue Medallion locations: How to destroy every medallion in the Farm, Quarry, and more
Ward off the evil insignia of the cult!
Blades of Miquella
Let Me Solo Her takes on their greatest challenge yet by turning every Elden Ring enemy into Malenia
I am Malenia, blade of Miquella times a thousand.
Hell Of An Update
Diablo 4 beta gets a hotfix to deal with "stability issues" on console
Hopefully this will help for next weekend's open beta.
Ahead of the Wii U and 3DS eShops' closure, YouTube's most prolific completionist bought every game
Wait 'til you see how much it cost.
Play It By Year
The Last of Us season 2 should arrive "end of 2024, early 2025" says Bella Ramsey
Shooting is expected to take place later this year, or early next.
Disney Speedstorm drifts into early access April 18
The game comes from Disney Dreamlight Valley developer Gameloft.
As Hitman takes a hiatus, IO Interactive shares details of its James Bond game
Still no release date, though.
How Long To Beat
Final Fantasy 16 will take you about 35 hours to beat, 70-80 hours to complete
Plenty to do, it seems!
The Royal Treatment
Persona 5 is getting a mobile spin-off with a new cast of characters
No word on an international release, though.
What are you playing this weekend?
Es un fin de semana de Diablo!
European Commission postpones decision on approving Activision Blizzard acquisition until May 22
The decision was original scheduled for April 25.
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